ATLANTA -- Braves second baseman Marcus Giles returned to
the starting lineup Thursday night for the first time in two
He doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in two in the Braves' 8-0 win over the Expos.
Giles broke his collarbone in a collision with center fielder
Andruw Jones in Milwaukee on May 15 and went on the disabled list.
During a four-game rehab assignment with Class-A Rome just before
the All-Star break, Giles batted only .077 (1-for-13). He was
hitting .339 when he was injured.
"My palms are sweaty," Giles said. "It feels like Opening Day."
The Braves decided to keep Nick Green, who was called up from Triple-A Richmond to replace Giles, and instead designated for
assignment infielder Jesse Garcia. Atlanta has 10 days to release,
trade or send Garcia to the minors.
Outfielder Dewayne Wise also was activated and optioned to
"I knew something had to happen," Green said. "I'd be lying
if I said I wasn't a little nervous about being sent down. I was
never so happy to see my name on the batting practice chart."
Giles and Jones crashed into each other while chasing a popup in the first inning against the Brewers. Giles was racing back and
Jones running in for Wes Helms' short fly.
Giles, an All-Star last season, also sustained a mild concussion and a bruised right hand.
Green hit .280 in 51 games while filling Giles' spot in the